Tuesday, July 24, 2012

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Pictures: Stalls set up outside park to sell miniskirts, when outraging discount offered to miniskirt wearers

Posted: 23 Jul 2012 01:29 AM PDT

 Stalls set up outside park to sell miniskirts, when outraging discount offered to miniskirt wearers

More and more women wearing miniskirts flocked to the Guilin Merryland Theme Park in the popular tourist city of Guilin to take advantage of half-price deal, when its “Love Miniskirt” promotional campaign is moving ahead along with the criticism against it among the public, especially on July 21 and 22 that the park offered a further discount of mere 10 RMB in a bid to break a record of attracting more than 10,000 short-skirted women to the park.

At the entrance, the park’s staff members used rulers to measure the skirts of female visitors who had lined up in a long queue, while at a little distance away, severe stalls were seen set up by peddlers to sell cheap miniskirts for convenience of those women who did not come with miniskirts, during the last two days.

As reported here a week ago, the city’s main tourist attraction is holding the “Love Miniskirts” campaign to offer half-price tickets to women wearing skirts shorter than 38 centimeters in July and August. It originally charges 110 yuan for a day ticket, but by wearing such a short skirt, women save 55 yuan.

According to the park’s manager, the promotion had been held annually since 2007 and been a great success.

 Stalls set up outside park to sell miniskirts, when outraging discount offered to miniskirt wearers

 Stalls set up outside park to sell miniskirts, when outraging discount offered to miniskirt wearers

 Stalls set up outside park to sell miniskirts, when outraging discount offered to miniskirt wearers

 Stalls set up outside park to sell miniskirts, when outraging discount offered to miniskirt wearers

Pictures: Three bodies drown at one highway section in Beijing founded

Posted: 22 Jul 2012 11:22 PM PDT

Three bodies drawn by flood at one highway section in Beijing founded

On Sunday morning, three other dead bodies were found by rescuers at the Nangangwa section of Beijing-Hong Kong-Macau Expressway, flooded by the worst Beijing rainstorm in six decades which have left 37 people dead according to the official report.

Since too much water had been collected at the section, reportedly 6 meters deep at its deepest spot, the authority said they would need 4 days to pump water.

Rescuers have arrived earlier at the waterlogged area that saw dozens of vehicles submerged and piled up, to put on their flippers and oxygen tanks to search underwater for the dead bodies.

Three bodies drown by flood at one highway section in Beijing founded

Three bodies drown by flood at one highway section in Beijing founded

Three bodies drown by flood at one highway section in Beijing founded

Three bodies drown by flood at one highway section in Beijing founded

Three bodies drown by flood at one highway section in Beijing founded

Three bodies drown by flood at one highway section in Beijing founded

Three bodies drown by flood at one highway section in Beijing founded

Three bodies drown by flood at one highway section in Beijing founded

Three bodies drown by flood at one highway section in Beijing founded

Three bodies drown by flood at one highway section in Beijing founded

Chinese netizens make angry reaction to China’s veto of UN resolution against Syrian regime

Posted: 22 Jul 2012 07:45 PM PDT


Russia’s Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin (L) and China’s Ambassador to the UN Li Baodong speak before a United Nations Security Council vote on Syria. [AFP]

Possible being in fear that the wave of popular uprisings against dictators that has spread across North Africa and the Middle East would reach China some day, the Chinese regime once again vetoed the UN Security Council resolution on July 19 that would impose sanctions against Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad by joining the Russian regime.

“It was the third time in nine months that Russia and China had used their powers as permanent members of the UN Security Council to block resolutions on Syria. There were 11 votes in favour, Russia and China's votes against and two abstentions,” reports AFP.

Many Chinese netizens have made their angry reactions afterwards and condemned the veto across the microblogsphere, despite of the shameful 50-cent party (the Internet commentators hired by the government to post comments that favor government policies and reportedly paid 50 cents a post) attempting to confuse public opinion as before.

Tea Leaf Nation has selected some of the Weibo posts and translated as below.

One netizen, @朱智勇-, tweets, “A Syrian slogan reads: Russians and Chinese, no matter how you try to protect your puppet, you can’t stop us from ridding Syria of these idiots. My opinion: the three vetoes [cast by the government] cannot represent the Chinese people. The Chinese people support your righteous cause; the dawn of Syrian democracy is imminent. Victory will belong to the brave Syrian people.” [1]

@蓝天白云V opines from Xi’an: “The concepts of sovereignty and territorial integrity are passé. Human rights are supreme and trump sovereignty. Non-interference with internal affairs does not equal a free pass for dictators to slaughter a country’s people in order to maintain their regime.” [2]

@cellery_莫名 writes, “The Chinese government doesn't represent the Chinese people. I hope the Syrian people will understand!” [3]

@Bill_Xie tweets from overseas: “I'm glad [the news reports] said Russia and China, not Russians and Chinese. Every time when I see Syrian students in Dundas Square collecting signatures I always tell them: ‘I’m Chinese. I support you.’” [4]

@画大饼的厨子 tweeted a phrase from China's national anthem: “Arise, those who would not be slaves!” [5]  Words penned in the 1930′s by a people fighting to free themselves from foreign invasion by the Empire of Japan were thus transported across time and space to encourage the Syrian people fighting to free themselves from an internal tyranny.

Beijing citizens show love and bravery facing deadly downpour

Posted: 22 Jul 2012 01:32 PM PDT

Beijing citizens show love and bravery facing deadly downpour

Sina Weibo plays a vital role to Beijing residents in self rescuing, when the heaviest downpour hit Chinese capital in 61 years, which has claimed the lives of 37 people as of Saturday.

Through China’s twitter-like Weibo, Chinese netizens organized voluntarily to offer help to the stranded people by the flood. Many who have received the help tweeted that they were picked up by private cars for free.

From the pictures spread on Weibo, the volunteers who gave free rides spontaneously turned on the hazard lights on the roads, forming a spectacular image in the disaster!

Besides, many local residents have openly posted their home addresses and phone numbers on their Weibo accounts, too, to share their apartments and foods to people in need, in the risk of inviting troubles from those having evil intentions.

Beijing citizens’ love and bravery have moved Chinese people across China. But, in the same time, the CCP’s incompetence and lag behind when reacting to the disaster once again angered the public.

A Weibo user @奇新闻 said, “In the heavy rainfall yesterday night, Beijing citizens voluntarily organized to give free rides to stranded passengers in the airport, while the toll gate of the airport was still meticulous in collecting the toll fees. Foot massage places offered food and lodgings for free, while all the public centers in Beijing were closed. Sina Weibo kept updating information of the disaster, while news agencies were forbidden to give reports of hazards caused. Private cars picked up trapped strangers on the roads, while local traffic cops gave packing tickets to cars broken down on the roads due to the flood for parking violations. It was what happened yesterday night.

China’s poor drainage system and corrupt political system became the target on the Internet as well.

No officials would pay their attention to the projects such as the drainage system which would not show their achievements (which are important for their future promotions). And they would eat up the allocated funds from higher authorities when constructing such projects.

A netizen lashed, it’s not a natural disaster but a man-made one, and none of officials would ever be held accountable.

Facing the harsh criticisms among the public, what the CCP did however was to start censoring online posts that they deem to be harmful, including one from popular blogger and critic Li Chengpeng (@李程鹏).

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